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Scottish Borders Festival of Walking 2002

Walk 28 - Yair and Caddonfoot

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Leaders: Countryside Rangers and Colin MacKenzie
Distance: 11 km/7 miles circular
Start: Bus from Market Place Melrose at 10.15. Walk starts 10.30 at car park on A707 just east of Yair Bridge.
Finish: Yair Bridge 15.00 approx, return bus to Melrose at 15.30
Grade: moderate. Packed lunch required.

About the walk
From Yair Bridge, a 3-arch rubble crossing of the Tweed built about 1764, the walk climbs up the Southern Upland Way then to Fairnielee Hill (275m). It continues over Neidpath Hill (370m) with fine views of the Tweed Valley and of Selkirk and Galashiels before descending to Caddonfoot village. Crossing the Tweed at Ashiestiel Bridge, constructed in 1848 by John Smith of Melrose and at that date the largest single span masonry bridge, the walk returns to Yair by the west bank of the Tweed.

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Scottish Borders Walking Festival 2002 Application